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Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: An MRI on Monday revealed that Benjamin is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Moreover, coach Ron Rivera indicated that there was no structural damage in the rookie wideout's knee. That said, it's unclear when he'll be able to return to practice, though at this stage, he appears to be in the day-to-day category, as opposed to a week-to-week scenario.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ron Rivera suggested that the MRI on Benjamin's left knee is "strictly precautionary," the Associated Press reports. "I'm optimistic," Rivera said regarding the rookie wideout's knee issue. "He shook it off and he finished practice. It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished practice maybe it would have been better. If it's negative we'll just keep on rolling. I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be."
Impact: While Rivera's words are encouraging, we'll continue to maintain a level of concern, as the Panthers await word on the results of the wideout's MRI. While Rivera noted that Benjamin has "had a great camp" thus far, he conceded that the first-rounder still needs as many training camp/practice reps as possible due to his status as a rookie in an offense featuring a revamped receiving corps.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Panthers have sent Benjamin for an MRI on his left knee after the first-round draft pick bumped knees with another player during practice Sunday. Benjamin was not at Monday morning's practice at Wofford College.
Impact: Benjamin has been working with the starters and is having an outstanding camp. He has been catching everything in sight and trying to adapt to quarterback Cam Newton, who is coming off an ankle injury. Benjamin was the 28th player drafted. He caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Florida State, including the winning touchdown against Auburn in the national championship.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeCoud missed Monday's practice while dealing with a lower-leg injury, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: DeCoud apparently aggravated a lower leg injury that he's dealt with in the past, so Monday's exclusion from practice was seen as a preventative measure. Currently slated to start at free safety, he has missed just one game over the past five seasons.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin, who bumped knees with another player during Sunday's practice, is slated to undergo an MRI on his left knee, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Steve Reed of the Associated Press suggests that Benjamin's MRI isn't expected to reveal a serious issue, but coach Ron Rivera is slated to address the wideout's injury after Monday's practice, which Benjamin isn't attending. The first-rounder has reportedly looked good while working with the Panthers' starters early on in training camp, so the team is no doubt hoping that Benjamin's injury is nothing major, given his projected role in the team's retooled receiving corps.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stewart (hamstring) isn't worried about his latest injury and expects to be ready for the regular season, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Stewart pulled his hamstring while running sprints last week and has since been ruled out for up to two weeks of practice. Since the ailment is said to be on the mild side, he's still expected to participate in walkthroughs and certain team situations. Nonetheless, for a player who has missed 17 games over the past two seasons, such an early setback is certainly less than reassuring. That being said, Stewart seems confident he'll be ready for the regular season; if so, he'll split time with DeAngelo Williams at running back.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Panthers have signed Whittaker, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: With fellow running back Tyler Gaffney headed to IR, Whittaker, who ran 28 times for 79 yards and caught 21 passes for 155 yards with a pair of TDs in 11 games for the Browns in 2013, gives the Panthers' some needed running back depth.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The Panthers announced they have signed Nelson, giving them added depth at safety.
Impact: Nelson, 27, has played in 24 regular season games during his career and has 36 tackles and one interception. He has not played in an NFL game since 2011. Nelson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played two years with the Bengals. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. He attended training camp with the Bears last summer but did not make the 53-man roster.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Wharton is retiring after 10 NFL seasons. There will be a retirement news conference Tuesday at Wofford College, where the Panthers are training. He is the fourth Panthers offensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.
Impact: The 33-year-old Wharton played in 115 games and started 111. A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2004, Wharton played with the Panthers until 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Bengals. He returned to Carolina last season following a slew of injuries.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson signed with the Panthers on Sunday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Nelson will likely provide organizational depth at safety for the Panthers, considering that he hasn't played in any games since 2011, and was released by the Bears last year after the preseason.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pilares is a leading candidate to handle kickoff return duties, the Panthers' official website reports.
Impact: Pilares spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in August, but is back healthy as he looks to make Carolina's roster this time around. Along with Kenjon Barner, Pilares has seen work at kickoff returner during the Panthers' offseason preparations. Additionally, Pilares is the last Panther to return a kickoff for a touchdown, which occurred in 2011.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Regis signed with the Panthers on Saturday, the Panthers' Official Site reports.
Impact: Regis will likely just provide depth at the defensive line this season if he ultimately stays on the team since the Panthers posses guys like Dwan Edwards, Star Lotulelei, Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. The former Miami (Fla) player earned the spot after he tried out during rookie camp.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Menzie was waived by the Panthers on Saturday, the Panthers' Official Site reports.
Impact: Menzie has had a rough time finding a squad since he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2012 by the Chiefs. He'll hope to get an opportunity with another team before the season starts, though even if he does, it's unlikely he'd be able to get much playing time this year.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Stewart says he isn't concerned about his latest injury limiting his effectiveness this season. The six-year NFL veteran is expected to miss about two weeks of training camp after pulling his hamstring in workouts earlier this month. He expects to be ready for the regular season.
Impact: A former first-round draft pick, Stewart has missed 17 games the past two seasons with foot and ankle injuries. Stewart, 27, has been limited to 516 yards rushing the past two seasons and one touchdown after running for 3,500 yards and 26 TDs during his four seasons in the NFL.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though he was a full participant in Friday night's practice, Newton (ankle) said afterward that he is still not 100 percent, NFL.com reports.
Impact: If there were any real concern about his ankle, Newton probably wouldn't be on the practice field in late July. He may need to build up strength and flexibility, but he shouldn't be at much risk of further injuring himself. Newton underwent surgery Mar. 19 to tighten ligaments in his left ankle, but arguably the bigger concern is Carolina's lack of explosive receiving targets. With Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell headed elsewhere, the Carolina receiving corps is led by Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Kelvin Benjamin and Tiquan Underwood. It would be a huge boost to Newton's case if Benjamin, the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, quickly emerges as a threat. There will be a bit of continuity, as tight end Greg Olsen is back for a third season with the Panthers.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Silatolu (knee) is 100 percent healthy entering training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Silatolu's surgically repaired right knee is now fully healthy following an ACL tear four games into last season. The 2012 second-rounder impressed during his rookie season and is now expected to start at either of Carolina's guard positions in his third professional campaign.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boston will begin Panthers training camp on the PUP list following offseason hernia surgery, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Boston was taken in the fourth round of this year's draft after a productive college career at nearby North Carolina. The rookie is expected to back-up Thomas DeCoud at free safety this season and contribute on special teams as well.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Godfrey (Achilles) says he's "full go" for the beginning of training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Godfrey tore his Achilles in Week 2 of last season, so he's had plenty of time to recover following surgery last fall. However, while Godfrey was injured, other options emerged at safety for the Panthers, who also signed veteran Thomas DeCoud this offseason. As a result, Godfrey's position has been switched from free safety to cornerback for the upcoming campaign. The seven-year pro played cornerback in college and has the size to play out wide, while featuring the playmaking ability to play the nickel position as well.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Carolina waived Boyko and center Jared Wheeler.
Impact: The moves were done in order to make room for the signings of guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.
Impact: Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. He played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Panthers have signed Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving them some experienced depth on the offensive line.
Impact: Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stewart, who is dealing with pulled hamstring, should be back in 1-2 weeks, according to GM Dave Gettleman, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: While the issue isn't serious enough to keep Stewart off the Panthers' active roster to start training camp, it's a less than optimal development for the running back -- who is no stranger to injuries -- in his quest to re-establish a role in the Carolina backfield, in tandem with teammate DeAngelo Williams.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: GM Dave Gettleman said that Newton -- who underwent surgery on Mar. 19 to tighten ligaments in his left ankle -- has been cleared to practice in training camp.
Impact: Meanwhile, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to participate fully in practice as training camp progresses, unless the QB suffers any setbacks. Now that he has been cleared, Newton will have a chance to build chemistry with the team's revamped receiving corps, which now features the likes of Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood and first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Matthews has signed with the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Matthews, who spent the 2013 season on the Tennessee and Washington practice squads, will provide added depth to the Panthers' offensive line.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy, who last week appealed a guilty verdict for assaulting a female and communicating threats, may avoid being suspended this season, since his pending jury trial is likely to occur after the upcoming campaign, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy's potential suspension could be delayed because the league office typically allows the legal process to play out before imposing player discipline. As such, if his pending jury trial is indeed scheduled for after the season is over, the Panthers defensive end may avoid any punishment until next year. If that proves true, Hardy's IDP stock would benefit from a full season, although it's unclear if the attention from his off-field troubles could impact his on-field production.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility, while participating in throwing sessions with Panthers receivers last week, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Newton got together with his entirely new group of pass catchers to build familiarity before training camp, but still experienced certain limitations stemming from his ankle surgery in March. Although Newton missed virtually all of Carolina's offseason activities, he remains on schedule in his recovery, so it's not surprising he's still shy of a 100 percent bill of health. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see Newton organizing with the Panthers' revamped receivers to quickly build chemistry and make up for lost reps earlier this summer. Expect Newton to push his ankle more as training camp progresses, although his workload could be on the lighter side to get started.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats on Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy's charges stem from a May 13 confrontation with his ex-girlfriend at his apartment. The woman accused Hardy of throwing her to the floor, strangling her, slamming her on a futon covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her because Hardy was upset over a short-term relationship she had with another man. Hardy, who was sentenced to 18 months probation and had a 60-day jail sentence suspended, ultimately appealed the verdict and will now be granted a jury trail. A date for that trial has not been set, but it appears Hardy faces an uphill legal battle. If his initial guilty ruling stands, Hardy can expect to be suspended by the league to begin this season. Coincidentally, Tuesday marked the Panthers' deadline to reach a long-term extension with Hardy, but unsurprisingly, amid Hardy's uncertain future in Carolina, no such agreement was made.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy pleaded not guilty to charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female in court Tuesday morning, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy was arrested in May after his ex-girlfriend accused him of throwing her to the floor, strangling her, slamming her on a futon covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her. Since the alleged incident, the woman in question has failed to attend both a protective order request hearing, as well as Tuesday's bench trial. Nonetheless, if Hardy is found guilty of both misdemeanor charges, he would have the right to appeal for a jury trial. If he's ultimately convicted, Hardy could face up to 60 days in jail.